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Saturday, February 13 • 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Why Did God Flood the World?

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The rabbis sought to disengage the story of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of men” in Genesis 6:1-4 from the flood story. They read the flood story as a morality play: the cause of the devastation was not a mythical incident, but human evil. Other ancient Jewish interpretations reconnect Genesis 6:1-4 to the flood story, yielding a different understanding of the purpose of the flood. We will explore those and ask which alternative offers the most adequate interpretation of the story.

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Alan Cooper

Provost, Jewish Theological Seminary
Alan Cooper is the Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies and provost of The Jewish Theological Seminary. He joined the faculty in 1997 as a professor of Bible. In 1998, he also was appointed professor of Bible at the Union Theological Seminary, a nondenominational Christian seminary... Read More →

Saturday February 13, 2016 12:15pm - 1:30pm EST
  Textual Perspectives